When elected officials announce new, grandiose projects, São Paulo residents know better than to get excited right away. After all, delays and hiccups are part of public works in Brazil. The metro line connecting the city center to Guarulhos International Airport was promised for the 2014 World Cup—but only opened when Brazil was taking the field as the World Cup in Russia, four years later. So, when the mayor’s office announced a project to revitalize the iconic Anhanbagaú Valley, few people batted an eyelid.
But City Hall seems to be more committed to its project, which is the largest revamp sponsored by the Bruno Covas administration so far. The municipal government expects to finish the works by June 2020, spending BRL 80 million. “The Anhangabaú Valley revamp boosts not only the debate about the ways to use and recover environmental structures of public spaces but it also improves and renews the structure of downtown,” City Hall representatives told The Brazilian Report.